Through five games, Coleman-Pitt had done little to hurt itself.
Post 58 was sound at the plate and sharp defensively behind its pitching, which had been the standout of the early season.
A week’s worth of mistakes – mental and physical – all came out Tuesday as Coleman-Pitt opened conference play against Apex Post 124.
Seven errors, a bevy of wild pitches or passed balls and two key aggressive plays that turned into major mistakes cost Coleman-Pitt its unbeaten record Tuesday with an 8-5 loss at American Legion Field.
“It happens to all teams,” third baseman David Williams said. “It all depends on how you react to it.
“Knowing all these guys as well as I do, I think (tonight) we are all going to come out and have a very positive reaction to it. We’ll end up doing very well (tonight).”
Coleman Pitt (4-1-1, 0-1 Area I West) will have a chance to quickly forget its worst game of the season thus far with a matchup against Garner Post 232 scheduled for 7 tonight.
Post 58 has plenty to forget. It committed five errors in the first three innings to fall behind, 6-0.
Its approach at the plate, which allowed Apex starter Alex Yarem to throw just 27 pitches in the first three innings, was unnecessarily aggressive.
“You make mistakes and you try to fix them as you go along,” Post 58 coach Hank Jones said.
Those mistakes nearly were erased as Will Edwards held Post 124 (6-3, 1-0) scoreless through his first five innings on the mound, and Post 58 figured out its offense after the first time through the lineup, scoring four runs on the second pass.
Instead, a different kind of error ended Post 58’s rally.
Pinch running, Logan Simonowhich was caught off second base in the eighth inning with Post 58 down by one run and no outs.
Simonowhich’s aggressive play in the field with two outs in the ninth inning cost Post 58 another run, and Christian Perry’s drop in right field extended the lead even further.
“There are some problems,” said Jones, who added that he liked Simonowhich’s effort but said that it came in the wrong situation “... We’ve only been together a week and half so it’s hard to go over everything.”
Post 58 had been averaging nine runs per game and more than 10 during the past four games.
A slow start to the game and a comedy of errors ultimately turned Post 58’s conference opener into its first loss of the season.
“If we don’t learn from our own mistakes – the errors, hitting and all that – then (tonight) we won’t be able to know what we did wrong, come out and correct it and win,” said Edwards, who allowed his only earned run through the final six innings of the game on Simonowhich’s aggressive play, which turned into a game-sealing triple.
After falling behind through the first three innings, Post 58 had at least one hit in each of the final six, but its own self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome.
“I think we’ll react to it pretty well,” said Williams, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored. “Everyone understands where the issues came from. (Tonight), when we come out against Garner, I’m sure it’s all going to be fixed.”
AP 042 000 002 – 8 9 1
CP 000 401 000 – 5 10 7
WP: Alex Yarem (6IP, 5R, 4ER, 7H, 1BB, 7K); LP: Blake Helms (3IP, 6R, 4ER, 6H, 3BB, 2K).
2B: Henry Simpson (AP); 3B: Jordan Huckaday (AP).
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